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choirboy a boy who sings in a choir, esp. a church choir.
choke to stop or obstruct the breathing of, esp. by squeezing, blocking, or irritating the windpipe. [9 definitions]
chokebore in a shotgun barrel, a bored inner surface that narrows toward the muzzle to concentrate the pattern of shot. [2 definitions]
chokecherry any of several American wild cherries that bear long clusters of white flowers and small dark bitter fruit.
chokedamp an atmosphere very low in oxygen and high in carbon dioxide that sometimes occurs in deep mines and causes miners to choke; blackdamp.
choker one that chokes. [2 definitions]
choke up to lose the ability to speak because of intense emotion or stress. [2 definitions]
choky tending to cause choking, as an atmosphere. [2 definitions]
cholangitis inflammation of one or more bile ducts.
chole- bile or gall.
cholecalciferol vitamin D.
cholecystectomy surgical removal of the gall bladder.
choler anger; irritability.
cholera an acute, often fatal, infectious disease that is marked by vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea.
choleric having a quick temper; easily angered.
cholesteatoma a tumor-like mass of epithelial cells appearing esp. in the middle ear or mastoid process, also known as a pearl tumor.
cholesterol a white substance, found in various tissues of all animals, which serves as a detoxifier in the bloodstream and surrounds certain nerve sheaths, and an excess of which is thought to contribute to hardening of the arteries.
choline a vitamin of the vitamin B complex, found in most animal and vegetable foods.
cholinergic releasing, stimulated by, or involving acetylcholine. [2 definitions]
cholinesterase an enzyme found in the heart, brain, and blood that hydrolyzes acetylcholine to acetic acid and choline, to block the transmission of nerve impulses.
chomp to chew or bite on something, usu. heavily, vigorously or noisily (often fol. by "on"). [3 definitions]